Vanderlaan joined the UNLV School of Nursing in 2019 and teaches pathophysiology and pharmacology in the master’s program. She is trained as a midwife and family nurse practitioner, and previously provided continuing education for midwives in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. She was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in 2015 and currently serves as the chair of the Lamaze International Research Workgroup.
Vanderlaan researches maternal health from a health systems perspective, integrating clinical outcomes, health economics, and health policy to identify ways to improve access to quality maternal care. Her recent projects explore regionalization of maternal care, effects of childbirth education, and the use of hydrotherapy for pain management during labor and delivery.